Mechanical Engineer creates value from Risk Based Inspection

how to get a vlue from risk based inspection ? A wise man said “if you buy a product from a manufacturer at $100 and sell it again to customer at $120, it is traditional trader. You need more than that. Successful man is selling a product at $120 even there is not manufacturer available yet.” In previous articles, we learned about processing data to provide lower inspection cost. In simple way, we can classify that activities into 3 block diagram: input, process and output. IPO diagram : Input – Process – Output Input  : last inspection record, equipment data, Risk Based Inspection-RBI study, inspection cost Process  : inspection planning using simple tool i.e. excel spreadsheet Output : inspection schedule, inspection budget and the most important is “lower inspection cost by 50%” Customer : his supervisor, Inspection Manager It just an example of Mechanical engineer job in oil and gas industry. For average mechanical engineer, he only think about inspection schedule & inspection budget for normal process. Yes, it was satisfy his leader. But, for successful Mechanical Engineer, he will think alternate process to create more value to the company. In this example, the value is lower inspection cost by[…]

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Excel for Mechanical Engineer, cost saving by Risk Based Inspection

how to use excel for Risk Based Inspection? We will figure out inspection plan using data in the previous article. First we will find optimum inspection date base on fixed interval and RBI interval using simple excel spreadsheet. Use excel function “ + ; MAX”.   remark: next inspection – fixed = Last inspection date + fixed inspection interval ( 5 years) next inspection – RBI = Last inspection date + RBI inspection interval next inspection date = Maximum (optimum) value between next inspection – fixed and next – inspection RBI. We extend inspection interval using Risk Based Inspection study. Second, we will find inspection cost using excel function: Short / IF and PIVOT Table. Mechanical engineer, please be creative! Group equipment type using unique equipment number. Vessel equipment number always begin with “V” letter and Heat Exchanger equipment number always begin with “HE” letter. Do you see it? For small quantity of equipment and consist only 2 equipment type, it much easier we use “short” function. But when we have thousand equipment data with hundred equipment type, it will not work to use “short” function. We need more smart excel function like “IF”. At this stage, I put all[…]

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Excel Engineer or Mechanical Engineer

Most graduates of mechanical engineer must master some mechanical software such as AUTO CAD, PV ELITE or CAESAR etc. but few can understand Microsoft Excel well. Some do not understand the existing features in Microsoft excel so he cannot provide added value to his career in the workplace. When the Mechanical Engineer is confronted with a technical case to process hundreds or thousands of data, he is forced to learn about the features in Microsoft Excel. In my office, people who are excellent at using Microsoft Excel to analyze data, can make better conclusions about technical problems. He can work faster and more productively. Microsoft Excel brings added value to his work. Such a person with such expertise we call the Excel engineer. People like this, sometimes his career is better than a mechanical engineer who can only calculate the stress of material, strain and thickness of material with technical software. Here is an example of using Microsoft Excel when analyzing 20 pressure vessel inspection data scattered in several oil field locations. In fact, the amount of pressure vessel in the oil field can reach 1000 or 2000 units. Inspection history as per 2017:   On year 2016, Asset Integrity[…]

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Competition for Facility Engineer

Facility Engineer (FE) is job family for a large group of engineer handling surface equipment in Oil and Gas Industry. In this group, we have some job titles that self explanatory such as FE-Mechanical, FE-Process, FE-Asset Integrity, FE-Reliability, FE-Project , FE-Corrosion etc. If you hold a bachelor degree of mechanical engineering, you have good opportunity to apply these roles. FE-Corrosion for example, they will monitor corrosion occurred in all facilities and then propose some solution programs to control it. The program is called effective if the cost for controlling corrosion is much cheaper than damage cost and cost of production loss when we do not make some program. The candidate of FE-Corrosion mostly come from Mechanical engineering, Process Engineer or Material engineering background. FE-Project candidate mostly came from Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering , Civil Engineering and Process engineering background. To win the competition in this role, you need additional soft skill such as communication skill, presentation skill, negotiation skill, cost engineering knowledge and project control. Fresh graduated Mechanical Engineer who wants to apply Facility Engineer role in oil and Gas Industry must has outstanding performance. The candidate must have excellent academic record as entry ticket. Fortunately for experienced Mechanical Engineer,[…]

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